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Jimmies fall on ice to UNLV

University of Nevada Las Vegas hockey brought its speed Thursday to John L. Wilson Arena and the University of Jamestown was playing catch up all night.

The Rebels found the back of the net six times as they steadily routed the Jimmies 6-1 during the first of three home contests this weekend in town. Jamestown plays Arizona State in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

"We're behind the 8-ball from the get-go right on the first shift," said Jimmie coach Cole Bell. "We didn't skate like we should have, a little sloppy when it came to the details of our game plan and it ended up costing us."

Bell said that Jamestown will never be the fastest team on the ice but it made UNLV look even faster with sloppy, slow skating to create opportunities for the visitors.

"We weren't moving our feet and not winning battles," Bell said. "We're the kind of team where if we are not skating and taking the hard strides everything else falls apart around it. We left guys open and they got too many opportunities at lanes opening up."

The Jimmies were outshot 14-7 after 20 minutes but only trailed 1-0 after a score by Paxton Malone 6 minutes, 19 seconds into the contest.

The real damage came just after the clock struck zero in the first period as Jimmie Tyler Chavez-Leech threw a Rebel into the boards, which resulted in a big scrum.

"A couple guys were getting into it in the corner, one of our guys came to help out and it escalated from there," Bell said. "It's emotional but that's just the way it goes sometimes."

But after the pushing and shoving cleared, UNLV's D'andre John hopped over the boards and into the Jamestown bench and began throwing punches, which resulted in more penalties being handed out.

"You'll have to ask him why he did that," Bell said of the punches thrown. "I certainly don't want to see any of my guys do it. It's kind of undisciplined and his emotions got the better of him, but he felt like it was the right thing to do."

The Jimmies' Cole Sonstebo was ejected from the game for a racial slur and two fighting penalties, and will miss today's game against Arizona State University. Chavez-Leech was also sent to the locker room after a boarding call, but will play today. UNLV's John was slapped with a five-minute fighting major.

Jamestown's Cole McKechney tied the game at 1-1 after only 33 seconds into the period. But UNLV erupted after that with two goals in the second period and three in the third.

The Jimmies went 2-1 against the Sun Devils last winter, including a 5-2 victory in their last match back on Jan. 11.

"They're going to be another scrappy team and give us a good test," Bell said. "We're going to have to come out way better than we did tonight or we'll have a similar result."

University of Nevada Las Vegas 6, University of Jamestown 1

UNLV 1 2 3 -- 6

UJ 0 1 0 -- 1

First period

1. LV, Paxton Malone (John Moeller, Jared Turcotte), 6:19, 6.

Second period

2. J, Cole McKechney (Garret Browning), 0:33, 4; 3. LV, Eric Williams (Malone, John Moeller), 2:36, 3; 4. LV, Trevor Pereverzoff (Malone, Moeller), 16:14, 1.

Third period

5. LV, Jonah Pearson (Jordan Rea), 6:57, 2; 6. LV, Jonah Pearson (Jake Saxe), 8:50, 2; 7. John Moeller (Kameron Fink, Jared Turcotte), 14:11, 4.

Goalie saves: J, Tyson Brouwer 14-8-9--31. Jesse Gordichuk 7-6-5--18.

Records: Jamestown 6-2-0-1. UNLV 8-2-0-0.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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